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Innovative planning guidance: Embedding social connection, community, inclusivity and belonging into places

Written on March 3, 2023 at 8:17 am, by

Natasha Reid, founder of Matter Space Soul, joined our built environment panel at our international conference in February. The innovative planning guidance she has developed for Brent Council has been recently published for consultation. It sets out a new “Place Quality framework” that shifts the way that developments are designed and assessed towards prioritising human…
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Coffee Afrik: Bringing community together over a cup of coffee

Written on February 22, 2023 at 4:42 pm, by

We heard from Abdirahim Hassan, co-founder and MD of Coffee Afrik CIC, at our International Conference and this blog explores how their hubs based in boroughs across London are connecting communities and tackling loneliness. In my view, place making or tackling loneliness has to start with healing and what healing looks like, through love and…
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The power of community and connection amidst the cost of living crisis

Written on February 15, 2023 at 5:29 pm, by

Many of us across the UK are feeling the growing impact of energy, food and fuel price rises. The decrease in disposable income not only makes it harder to make ends meet but can lead to pressure on social activities and reduce opportunities to connect with others. This blog explores some of the impacts of…
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Rebuilding social connection is vital

Written on February 8, 2023 at 1:39 pm, by

Dr Vivek Murthy, United States Surgeon General, shared why rebuilding social connection and tackling loneliness is vital for individual and wider societal health and wellbeing, at the Campaign to End Loneliness international conference. “Loneliness is similar to hunger or thirst. It’s a warning sign that we need something to survive” explained Dr Murthy, in a…
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Tackling loneliness for a new era of connection

Written on January 23, 2023 at 5:25 pm, by

Tackling loneliness for a new era of connection is one of the world’s leading online conferences dedicated to tackling loneliness, bringing together leading researchers and practitioners to share the very best learning and understanding of different aspects of loneliness. At a time of great change, with the issue of loneliness and its impact on the…
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Making connections in a digital world

Written on January 6, 2023 at 1:18 pm, by

At Sky, we pride ourselves in being a force for good in the communities where we live and work. Every day, we play our part to tackle loneliness and social isolation through our dedicated Sky Cares programmes. One key aim of this community work is to address the growing issue of digital inequity. Why digital? We…
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How can we measure loneliness using technology

Written on December 8, 2022 at 7:36 am, by

How can we measure loneliness using technology? Jessica Rees, Research Associate from the Institute of Gerontology at King’s College London, explains more about the use of technology to detect or predict loneliness in older adults. “I am—yet what I am none cares or knows” extract of poem by John Clare. Loneliness, a subjective feeling, which…
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National Befriending Week: How you can support #befriending in Befriending Week

Written on October 31, 2022 at 1:37 am, by

Our friends at Befriending Networks are celebrating 10 years of befriending and creating connections this year, so Communications Officer, Dominic Lo explains how you can support their work during this year’s National Befriending Week from 1-7 November.   In 2012 The Campaign to End Loneliness supported the launch and first national Befriending Week!  Here at Befriending…
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Experience of tackling loneliness amongst younger people in the Netherlands – Join Us

Written on July 19, 2022 at 10:36 am, by

Join Us is a non-profit organization in the Netherlands that has measurably reduced loneliness among younger people aged 12 to 25. Since 2016, this program has helped thousands of young people from more than 63 municipalities across the country.    Kyra Haerkens, Quality Coach at Join Us explains more. “A while before I turned eighteen,…
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Reflections from the new Head of Evidence, Dr Helen MacIntyre

Written on June 17, 2022 at 12:14 pm, by

Our new Head of Evidence, Dr Helen MacIntyre has joined us recently. We asked her to share her thoughts on joining the world of the Campaign to End Loneliness! I am six weeks into my exciting new job as Head of Evidence at the Campaign to End Loneliness and am really pleased to take this…
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